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no surprise that mitt romney was in ohio earlier today. in cleveland, romney preached his own message of change to voters. >> the president was right the other day when he said he can't change washington from the inside. only from the outside. let's make sure and give him that chance, okay? >> morrisville, pennsylvania will hear that same message later on this hour and right now vice presidential candidate paul ryan is speaking in minneapolis. >> the five of us, we're in congress together. president obama has not met with the republican leaders in the house or the senate since july. >> boo! >> we have a debt crisis coming, we have budget problems, we have economic problems. that's not leadership. we need a leader. now the reason mitt romney and i keep talking about our five-point plan is because we believe we owed you our fellow citizens an actual plan.
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we owe you solutions, we owe you ideas. real reforms can be had to get a real recovery. we had real recovery in this state in this country let's use that recovery and put people back to work. let's get the keystone pipeline, let's get more gas, more coal and renewables. i tell you what, we know what layoffs are, we have family and friends that we know of who are in their 40s or their 50s or their 60s, prime working years, they're out of a job or they're out of a good job. we need to clear the bureaucracy so they can get the skills they need. and if there are kids who are stuck in inner city schools, whether it's milwaukee or minneapolis. let their parents take them to a school that actually performs so they can get out of poverty and
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get their lives back together. >> paul ryan there in minneapolis. also we're continuing to watch others on the campaign trail, former president bill clinton, soon to be in raleigh, north carolina campaigning on behalf of president barack obama. and right knew president obama is headed to the battle ground state of ohio. he talked to voters there about job growth and how governor romney's ideas won't work. >> but here's the thing, florida. we know what change looks like. what governor romney's offering ain't it. giving more power back to the biggest banks, that's not change. another $5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, that's not change. refusing to answer questions about the details of our policies until after the election, that's definitely not change. >> president obama also told voters that he would fight hard
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for them and their families. and if you hope the polls will shed some light on who will win? forget about it. cnn editor paul stein hauser is here to do the math for us. paul, what do the national polls look like? >> two days to go, and we have four polls that are nonpartisan and came out since midnight. let's start with the abc news/"washington post." 48% of likely voters supporting the president. 48% supporting mitt romney. how about nbc news/"wall street journal," pretty much the same story, a 1 percentage point ahead of mitt romney. and pugh research center, they came out with obama with a 3 point advantage. that's within the sampling
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error. this is just about dead even as we get into the election. >> act what battleground states? >> that's the key here because this is not a popular vote, this is a battle for the states and their electoral votes. we look at those eight battleground states, polls in two of them just came out last night and nee're interesting. this is in des moines, iowa. you have the president with a five-point advantage there and nbc news "wall street journal" maris poll had results that were similar. romney started his day in iowa, the president will end his day tomorrow in iowa. take a look at this from wmur, this is once again, dead even in new hampshire. the president started in new hampshire today, mitt romney is going to end his campaign in new hampshire. >> and paul ryan is leeding in
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minnesota, why? >> paul ryan in minnesota today and i covered him in pennsylvania yesterday, when he had a rally there, minnesota and pennsylvania who were thought to be safe obama. but they're tightening up. the romney campaign thinks maybe they can expand the map. you've got paul ryan going to pennsylvania. we'll find out on tuesday which side of right. >> all right, paul steinhauser. thank you for being her. the victims of hurricane sandy, you can bet that the election is not top in their minds. but there are plenty of determined voters. national correspondent susan candiotti is very hard hit. what measures are being taken to try and make sure that people
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there are able to vote? >> well, the first thing i can tell you, fred is that more than 143,000 people just in this one bourough alone will not be going to the usual polling places that they are used to. here's why. just take a look around. i am right now walking on a boardwalk. a chunk of a boardwalk that is running 90 degrees perpendicular to where it used to be, behind me, running along the ocean. huge chunks of a boardwalk that has broken up and is now running down side streets of new york. homes here along the water front, due to flooding, people on their own have dragged all this out to the street. they have no power, look at these power lines down here. and they have to figure out how they are going to vote. nevertheless, people tell us, they're trying to do it. the board of elections is running generators out to a lot of the new polling places to
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make sure that the voting machines will work. they spent a lot of time doing that today in hopes that that will help people be able to vote. but will they get there? i talked to a couple of people who say they intend to do it. >> yes, voting is on my mind, even though i'm living in all this mess, i still am who i am. it hasn't am tered the essence of my person. >> reporter: is voting the last thing on your mind right now? >> if i have to walk, ride, whatever, i'm going to get to y my. >> reporter: the republican party told us they're going to try to arrange for some kind of transportation to help some people. democrats say, no, they're concentrating on helping with disaster relief. but others are getting out flyers and trying to get the word out in some way. i talked to some first-time voter who is say they're not
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going to miss this for anything. take a look. >> my important right now is election day, what is doing. >> reporter: election day? >> the same day and voting at the same polling place? >> it's very terrible not to vote. >> they brought in voting machines and they're going to put them outside where you can vote. you can vote, it's not being cancelled, you can vote. just go to your normal polling place. >> the people, he don't know what he do, and the president right now, we don't have tv. >> so susan, is there like a contingency plan for people who feel like they are confused, don't know where to vote or feel like for some reason they're unable to vote on that day, tuesday? >> well, not really, there is some public transportation. others who say they're going to
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try to get them rides. there are busses that might be able to help, for example, if you can get yourself to them. there is a plan, authorities say that if less than 25% of registered voters are able to get to the polls in any one county obviously because of the storm, the board of elections will vote to see whether they will allow an extra day of voting, on a one-time deal. but it's never happened before. could it happen? it's possible. we don't know if it will. but there is a plan in place. >> all right, susan candiotti in rockaway. appreciate that. now good news for northeast commuters, amtrak has announce that they will -- amtrak is asking people to make rez rations and pay in advance to avoid long lines at ticket offices and to avoid any kind of
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sold out train scenarios. all right, so was it of the jobs report, was it of superstorm sandy? what's going to be the it factor in the race on tuesday. we'll get expert analysis on the campaign strategies in the homestretch. ♪... ♪... choose the perfect hotel
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open. and they'll walk through that door when you reelect him day after tomorrow. and he knows that politics is about other people, not about power, not about ideology, he knows that a philosophy of we're all in this together is a heck of a lot better than than you're on your own. and not just when natural disaster strikes. i mean, i spend a lot of time now in my foundation work and i get help from democrats and republicans and independents, half the time around the world, i don't even know what the politics of somebody helping me are, because they want to make a difference. when you want to make a difference in other people's
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lives, instead of letting people know your -- you cooperate and you keep score in the only way that matters, are people better off when you quit than when you started, do children have a brighter future, and things come together instead of getting torn apart. when you look at raleigh, it is symbolized by the research triangle. in cooperation between business and government and the university system. by all these foundations and everybody working together. that's what works. there's a reason orlando, florida has a hundred -- the university of central florida changes the curriculum every semester to put people into jobs that are opening. there's a reason san diego, california is the human genome capital of the world. same deal, public, private,
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foundations, people working together. ever since the tea party took over the republican party -- >> boo! >> ever since the tea party took over the republican party, they say it's my way or the highway, we're right all the time. they've beat the distinguished republican senator from indiana, richard luger, their most important foreign policy spokesperson because he was attacked by his opponent for cooperating with president obama on national security. they're nominee actually said, i couldn't make this up, that his happiest day was when he was imposing his opinion on someone else and he wanted the people to send him to washington, so that he could have more partisanship in washington, d.c. now if you want it, you can have it. the people of indiana don't want
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it, congressman joe donnelly his opponent was ahead by 11 points in the most recent polls, you're going to change that. but it will all be for naught if you reward him by not electing president obama. if you want cooperation over conflict, if you want people to walk through the same door and sit down at the same table and behave like grown-ups, you have to re-elect president obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> former president bill clinton stumping for president barack obama. election day just two days away and so could former president clinton make a real difference in the outcome of the election? and how about the economy? we'll talk about what could be a deciding factor come election day. maybe somewhere around my house. mine's just, right over that way. well you can find out exactly
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all right, there's a lot at stake in this race for the white house and as the candidates make their push, the battleground states give the edge to the
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president. but what will it be like on election day. so your paper today says, quote, almost half of all americans said obama's hurricane response would be a factor in their vote according to the latest abc tracking poll and an early survey said that 79% say that his handling of the situation is good or great. is that the it factor in the race right now? >> in a race this tight you have to have everything working for you. where the storm probably helped president obama is that it gave him a sort of commander in chief moment right before the election and as carl rove pointed out earlier today, when he was being interviewed by candy crowley, it also changed the subject and karl rove will argue that it sort of interrupted -- i mean it was actually haley barber -- it
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interrupted mitt romney's momentum. but here is one thing that if i were on the democrats' team i would be a little bit worrieded about. and that is the turnout in places like new york, new jersey, connecticut. even though those are traditionally blue states. >> is it a handful, more than a handful, if there's thousands of people that wouldn't be able to vote because of that storm, will it have an impact? >> it's not going to change the vote in those states. but what it could do is have an affect on the national turnout and the national margin. we really two have a situation here where president obama could win the electoral college and lose the popular vote. >> what do you mean by that? i mean that it would impacted those traditionally blue states, new jersey, new york because of the storm, but it would have an
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impact nationally? >> because it's the national vote totals and these are some very large centers of pop laiuln that always vote heavily democratic. >> the president is arguing jobs were created and that's a fet never his cap, but the romney cam pain sends a sad message. who wins that bat until. >> i was with governor romney in ohio and he was arguing on friday that the unemployment rate remains higher than it was when president obama took office. but i really think -- if there had been something cataclysmic, in the job rates it might have been different. but political science will tell you that most people's impressions about the economy and whether their future is brighter or not gets baked into
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to the campaign in late summer or early fall. >> we have been talking about it, the candidates are clearly finding it very important. but what about states like michigan, nevada, pennsylvania, how much are they in play? especially since pennsylvania, president obama won that one, but he's not apparently taking for granted clinton will be campaigning there in his behalf? >> pennsylvania has a million more registered democrats than republicans. so it is a state that republicans have tried to contest in the last few presidential elections and have failed. but there's always sort of enough of an opportunity there that they end up making a last-minute push there. the other thing to remember is that when you're campaigning in western pennsylvania, you're hitting the tv markets in even iowa. so you do get a little bit of a
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t two-fer there as well. >> going to be a crazy busy couple of days for karen, for everyone. the race for president is in a dead heat, so where do you think the candidates are spending a lot of their time other than ohio? there isn't another place they're spending their time. ohio, ohio, ohio. we'll go live. ...and in the tiniest details. ♪ and sometimes both. nature valley granola thins pack the big taste of granola and dark chocolate into one perfect square, under 100 calories. nature valley granola thins. nature at its most delicious.
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well, the presidential race remains incredibly tight, so do several senate races and that could tip the balance of power for whoever wins the white house. athena jones has more. >> reporter: in the republican wave of 2010, democrats lost control of the house. but they kept the senate. democrats control 53 seats in the 100-member chamber. republicans need four to take over if president obama wins the election, three if governor mitt romney wins, since a vice president paul ryan would serve as a tie breaker, 33 states are up for grabs. >> it looks unlikely that
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republicans will be able to gain control of the senate. >> why is that? well, olympia snowe's retirement from a congress that she says is incredibly partisan. todd akin is running in missouri. >> if it's a legitimate race, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down. >> that one was kind of the give me. the race was very much in play. >> and then there was this comment by richard murdock, explaining why he opposes abortion even in the case of rape. >> i think a child is a gift from god and even when it happens in that horrible situation, i think god intended it to happen. >> still it my have opened the
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door for his democratic opponent joe donnell. >> now again, a misstatement, a misstep and suddenly his election is really in doubt. >> it's too close to call in massachusetts where liberal favorite elizabeth warren, the former obama administration consumer advocate is going to win back the election scott brown won in 2004. and polls in virginia have the democrat, former governor tim kaine leading former senator george allen which just two points. with races all tied up in places like nevada, arizona, montana, wisconsin, west virginia and connecticut, it could be a nail biter on tuesday night. america has 50 states, but it's the key battleground states where the race just might be decided come tuesday. right now cnn estimates that nine states are the make or break ones that president obama or mitt romney must win to win
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the white house. the biggest battleground state is florida with 29 electoral votes then there's ohio which has been called the must-win state for romney. we have a team of reporters in ohio, in the state capital is our own don lemon. you're now there with a thicker coat which tells me that cold front has moved in. it's chilly, huh? >> it is chilly. fred, who isn't -- >> it's all about ohio? >> it is all about ohio and i have read in the paper today, i think they have been here 83 times, you know, all of them together, 83 times, and that is a record for a presidential election. so, yeah, it really is all about ohio, they want these 18 electoral votes because as you know, it is down to the wire and this state could go any way.
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it is a statistical dead heat between mitt romney add and president obama. the president is ahead by three points, but that's within the margin of error fred, what about this so called souls to the polls, that's a big push in the african-american churches, that was a big push in florida, is that the case in ohio, does it app apply? >> it's a big push around the country and it was a big factor in 2008, the obama campaign really put all stops out and got a lot of people out to vote on that last sunday before election day. so i went to a church here, the st. john ame church and they were out right after the sermon, fred, they put the people on the church bus who had not gone out to vote and they took them to the polling place and -- but there was quite a surprise when they got to the polling place
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because the lines were literally, and i'm not using a cliche here, wrapped around the building and a number of circles. it's unbelievable how many people are coming out early to vote. but this souls to the polls is actual working? >> did they stick with the line? >> we rode with the church bus, i went with a lady, eugenia wilkins, who's 63 years old. and we were like, where do you get in line? it was like a circle, almost like the circle when you go through the airport, when you that one line that kind of snakes in and out. and she said, i'm going to try to wait here, but i want to get home to see myself on television. if not, i'll be here bright and early in the morning but nothing's going to stop me from voting. >> you have been tweeting back
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and forth with ali velshi, he was like hey, wait a minute, you're all "gq" yesterday. and how come i'm michilin. i think today you got the michilin thing going on. it's cold but it's all right. >> i learned my lesson last night. i was trying to be a little bit fashionable. and so i put on my big jacket and some snow boots so i'm warm. >> apropos, looking got either way. don lemon, we'll see more of you later on this evening. okay, it is the final stretch of campaigning leading up to election day and cnn reporters are stationed all across the map in advance of tuesday's vote. of course our david mattingly is in the battle ground state of new hampshire. i know it's chilly there too, the economy is in great shape, however, in new hampshire but it is indeed a factor as folks
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there try to make a decision between obama and romney? >> right now, new hampshire the perennial swing state, no one knows which way this state might decide to swing on election day. the latest poll that came out shows that this is absolutely knotted up, with our gran net poll shows even between obama and mitt romney. this poll went a little bit deeper, probing those few remaining undecided voters, the people that all this time haven't been able to make up their minds on who to vote for in this election. they could say the election one way or the other but when asked where they might be leaning, they came out sharply divided. no one knows how this is going to turn out. when you talk about red states and blue states, tonight new
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hampshire is hopelessly purple. >> it is indeed tight there. and you know, one would think that mitt romney would have the advantage, given that that's kind of a home away from home state, but not the case, right? >> right now they're targeting those undecided voters pretty heavily in these last couple of days, the president closing in on his closing arguments to continue on with the policies of his administration to continue to move forward. governor romney touting what his final arguments say, pointing out the growing deficit and the economy problems under the obama administration. so those are the final messages that they're targeting toward those undecided voters, but for the 47% who have made up their mind, it's all about getting them to the polls right now. and in the last 48 hours of the campaign, you're going to see -- governor romney getting his last campaign appearance right here in new hampshire on monday
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nighnigh night. even though there's only four electoral states, there's a couple of scenarios when those four votes could come in handy. >> david mattingly, stay warm there in new hampshire. the outcome of tuesday's election will have an impact on wall street as well as main street. in a minute we'll find out what impact. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higher level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in our teachers... ...so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc
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. all right this week on wall street, investors are watching the same thing everyone else is, the election. todd schoenberger, glad to see
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you, todd, i know you had a harrowing experiencing too during that whole supersandy all up and down the east coast. so you say depending on who wins this election, we could see very different reactions from wall street. let's begin with the hypothetical of if president obama is re-elected, then what? >> you can always suspect that for the next four years then the market also still respond favorably. if you look at history, for a first term president, president obama has actually, since he's been in charge, the dow has performed the fifth best performance regarding returns. so that's great, so you can only forecast the future by looking at historical events so we can suspect that if president obama is reelected, stocks should remain higher. >> and if mitt romney were to win? >> a short-term boost definitely, the bulls will be
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running only because candidate romney has been very vocal about promoting a very tax friendly environment. and we'll definitely see a bump up in stocks. and he has promoted the idea of a fiscality fit future for the country. so you're probably going to have less government spending and 20% of the entire gdp rate is actually comprised of what the federal government spends, so if that shrinks, you'll have to find it somewhere else and if you're not seeing just organically from the economy, that could be good for stocks because the earns -- >> another hypothetical, if for some reason, the results, the outcome is delayeded, hey there,'s a hangup with balance, let's say, or there's a time for the electoral college.
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>> it will be awful. wall street hates uncertainty. and one thing we want on tuesday evening, we want to know who is going to be our next president. because if we're going through this whole thing of a recount like we did back in 2000, you get lawyers involved and you have to worry about everything else that wall street will suffer, you definitely see a selloff in the market. we definitely want to hope that the candidate that does leave, leaves gracefully and we can all take care of what concerns all of us within the u.s. >> there's so much stake being put into the friday jobs numbers, a lot of anticipation, four days, the last jobs report number, four days before election day, is there still discussion or is there some temporary fallout from those jobs numbers, the unemployment
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rate may have ticked up, but at the same time there was job creation there. >> there are positives and there are negatives, when you see the jobs growth over 170,000, that's a good sign, going up from 7.8% is not a good sign. but if you look at the overall month over month unemployment, you will see that unimemployment has dropped in six of those states. except for north carolina and colorado you have a democratic governor. but the policies that are implemented by the white house as well as on a state and local level, jobs are being created. the question is what kinds of jobs are being created. you see retail, hospitality and leisure. you still need the big highways jobs, because you still have the big ticket items, homes, cars, that can really get an economy growing. so there are some positives and
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also some negatives, and they will see some consistent si over the time period if that the case, the u.s. economy should do quite well. >> it's going to be an interesting and potentially very volatile week. thanks so much. national polls show the race for president is indeed a dead heat, but it all comes down to the electoral college so what do those national numbers really mean? we'll get into that after the break. we'rwith questions fromtump sombing elections.kies do you know where your polling place is? maybe somewhere around my house. mine's just, right over that way. well you can find out exactly where it is using bing elections. it's a good day for politics. which way do you lean politically? conservative. republican.
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well, using the bing news selector you can find news from whichever way you lean. (together) social on this side, financial. which party is currently predicted to win a majority in the senate? the republicans? would you make a bet on that? no. are you chicken?
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two national polls out today showing president obama and mitt romney in a dead heat. survey by nbc and "the wall street journal" showing obama with a slight edge. 48% to romney's 47%. that's well within the sampling
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error. abc and the war war post has romney at 48% and obama at 49%. wolf blitzer, you have a special combing on this evening, we all know that the winner in this race will be the candidate with the most electoral votes. so what do we take -- what do we kind of grasp from his national polls then? >> you know, there's certainly a possibility, similar to what happened in 2000, that one of the candidates would get a majority of the popular vote, but not necessarily the 270 you need in the electoral college to be elected president of the united states. remember in 2000, al gore got about half a million more votes than george w. bush. but he lost florida by 537 votes as all of our viewers remember, and as a result, george w. bush had enough to win the more than 270 you need to be elected president of the united states and so you could have a situation that would develop in
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this particular case, maybe romney would win the popular vote but obama would win the electoral college. it wouldn't be the first time and that is certainly a possibility at this point. these national polls, when you add them all together and do an average of all the polls, i have learned over the years that they are pretty accurate among likely voters. but what matters is the battleground states, what the polls are there. and there's only one poll that really counts and that is the poll that takes place on tuesday. so we'll know soon enough. >> a national poll showing romney's national favorability at 53%, just shy of obama at 54%, there used to be a much greater gap there, are we saying that turn decideds are certainly playing a role in a big way here? >> yes, i think that usually, in most polling experts, most of the political experts who have
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studied this over the years, if you're undecided at this late stage, you have a tendency numb necessarily huge numbers, but in bigger numbers for the challanger as opposed to the incumbent. you've known the incumbent for four years, you've gotten used to it, you know what to expect. the challenger, if you're still undecided, there's a tendency to break for the challenger. >> do we think this election really will be this close? >> yes, i think it will be this close. i'm going to be anchoring our coverage, as you know, tuesday night, so i'm getting ready for a long night. four years ago at 11:00 p.m. on the east coast when the polls closed on the west coast, california, oregon, washington state, hawaii, we projected a winner of 270-plus electoral
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college votes for barack obama. i don't know if we'll be able to do it this year. my attitude is i go in there and see what happens, but i anticipate it will be very close. and a lot of these states, it could be there will be millions of voters in ohio or florida. who knows what the margin of difference is going to be. there could be provisional ballots. they may have to look -- this could take a while. all those scenarios, i've gone through all the scenarios with all of our teams. we've studied them. there could be some surprises out there. >> oh, i'm sure there will be. wolf bliltzer, we'll be watchin you throughout the evening. we kind of almost have like a dress rehearsal this evening. >> sort of. 8:00 this evening. >> right, 8:00 this evening along with anderson cooper. we'll be watching, and this is another look at the candidates up close and personal. particularly for those people who claim to be undecided. so hard to believe. how do you not know that the point? anyway, it's countdown to election day. 8:00 eastern right here on cnn.
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despite all the talk about the election, many americans just don't vote. why? josh levs has been hearing from voters on that. i don't get it. >> it's amazing, isn't it? >> yes. >> we get lost in talking about the particulars of the horse race, but the fact is voting is america at its essence. it's the crux of our democracy. with our new facebook app right here, which is the i'm voting app that you can see on my facebook page at joshlevs@cnn, i said, hey, if you're voting, great, and if you're not, why not? we end up having a real fascinating conversation. the first one here comes from rashad who says, social media has made this election much more exciting. by voting, i can express my views in the most democratic way possible. the next one, carlos. since this is my first time
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being able to vote in a presidential election, i am voting. i have waited for 10 years. good for him. bhakti says, i am a parent, teacher and citizen. i have a responsibility to help shape the future of my country. the reason people aren't voting, there's two big ones. one, i will never participate in a two-party system that does not allow for anyone but a democrat or republican. that's from nathan. the other one, kind of popular here, not voting. no sense in new york. that one is from joe, and joe is talking about the fact that you already know the way the electoral system is going to play out. i mentioned bring go, we have an interactive map at cnn.com that shows you the electoral map and how it can play out, plus how much money is making it to every state. so fred, when we talk about this, those are two of the big reasons a lot of people bring up. one, frustration with the system, and two, feeling that with the electoral system, their votes don't matter enough.
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obviously, we want everybody who can vote to vote. >> don't vote, don't complain. that's all i have to say. josh levs, thanks so much for bringing that to us. i appreciate it. i'm fredricka whitfield. so much more straight ahead. john levs reporting live from columbus, ohio. have a great week. where it is using bing elections. it's a good day for politics. which way do you lean politically? conservative. republican. well, using the bing news selector you can find news from whichever way you lean. (together) social on this side, financial. which party is currently predicted to win a majority in the senate? the republicans? would you make a bet on that? no. are you chicken? ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the all-new completely re-imagined 2013 chevrolet malibu. sleek new styling... sophisticated dual cockpit design, and sport sculpted seats. available chevrolet mylink
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